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Re: Gary Numan Synths
At 12:02 AM -0700 4/2/09, L.Angulo wrote:
>hey fellows, What kind of synths did Gary Numan
>used in the 80īs?from all the bands back then
>they always stood up,they sounded different from
>other synth bands they to me they sounded like
>the les paul of synths very fat! here is one of
This era Numan was filled with classic analog.
In this video, the main synth shown is a good ol'
MiniMoog. Also, there's an Arp ProDGX (successor
to the Pro Soloist that you hear in a lot of prog
rock a few years before), which is sitting on, I
think, a PolyMoog. Numan's one of the only
artists I can think of who went in big for the
PolyMoog, and you can hear it in most of the main
synth lines from his hit "Cars".
Otherwise, lots of Moogs and Arps, with a little
bit of Jupiter-era Roland thrown in. IIRC, the
liner notes for Telekon give a detailed kit list
for the synths used on each song. That would be
a good starting place for figuring out which
synths were kept in his arsenal around that time.
>I always loved the fact that he had guitar oriented riffs on synths
Ditto here. I first saw him on Saturday Night
Live performing "Cars" and was immediately
hooked. A few weeks later, I caught some concert
footage of "Down in the Park" on Don Kirschner's
Rock Concert, and I've been a pretty steadfast
Numan fan ever since.
Thanks for the video pointer. That one's a keeper. :)
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